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cuori BELLissimi!

posted Aug 18, 2015, 2:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 7:24 AM ]
If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them. (Luciano Pavarotti, tenor)
This is our handbell choir 
that plays semi-regularly at Sunday Masses; the Lighting of the Trees & Angels; the 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass; and in December goes "carol-ring". Rehearsals are conveniently scheduled Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, in between the two Masses down in the Good Shepherd. (Rehearsals are listed on the calendar.)

Ringers of all playing levels are invited to get together for these 45-minute rehearsals. Anyone between the ages of 8 and 108 is encouraged to join. At last summer's Vacation Bible School we had a multi-generational experience, with elementary school-aged children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens all performing side by side! Wouldn’t that be great to do with hand chimes? 

Becoming a “ringer” develops team work, self-esteem, and provides general music training. However, musical ability is NOT the most important characteristic; a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend regularly is. 

But you won’t need to attend every Sunday. We're divided into two teams; the Blue and the Gold. The Blue team meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, learning to read simple music; count basic rhythm patterns, and play easier handbell parts with KidsPlay® colored handbells. Then eventually, they can “graduate” to the Gold team, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month; rehearsing songs, hymns and carols with hand chimes. And if the month has a 5th Sunday in it, we’ll all gather together to ring together! 

So if you know anyone who might be interested, send them down to the Good Shepherd Sunday mornings. Better yet, stay and plan on ringing with them! Bring a friend, or a grandchild! This is something the whole family can do together!